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A fast-track for beautiful developments?

The Government has published its long-awaited white paper on planning reform, which seeks views on 24 proposals. In this legal insight we look at the key areas that have been targeted for reform.

Cayman Islands administrative fines regime for insurance licensees

By Rob Humphries The Monetary Authority (Administrative Fines) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (the “Amendment Regulations”) came into force on 26 June 2020. The Amendment Regulations serve to amend Schedule 1 of the Monetary Authority (Administrative Fines) Regulations (2019 Revision) (the “Fines Regulations”) and extend the scope of the fines which may be levied by the Cayman […]


If it ain't broke, then don't fix it

And now for a more reasoned critique of the latest presidential election than was evinced in the last issue (The Lawyer, 7 June). Last December, Sir Dennis Stevenson addressed the Law Society Council. Sir Dennis is a respected adviser to major companies and we had brought him in to examine the society. He confirmed many […]

Litigator's View

An appeal heading for the Lords involves a battle over the tax status of money paid in order to release land from restrictive covenants so that it can be sold. Leave has been given for Pounds Shipowners and Shipbreakers to challenge the Inland Revenue’s stance over the sale of land at Portsmouth. The land was […]

A&O risks losing client as it fields takeover bid

Allen & Overy is trying to retain its long-term client Bristol United Press (BUP) as the company undergoes a multimillion pound takeover. A&O, which has represented BUP since 1991, is currently fielding a £121.5m offer from Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), which is being advised by Freshfields. Julian Long, corporate partner at Freshfields, is […]

City firms targeted by J18 protesters

City lawyers are being warned by their firms of security fears in the wake of a mass demonstration planned in the Square Mile on Friday (18 June). Memos have been sent to lawyers calling for extra vigilance. In one anonymous memo leaked to The Lawyer, a City firm warns staff can expect: “Roadways and footpaths […]


Taylor Joynson Garrett represented Eidos on its £34m acquisition of a 19.96 per cent in the share capital of US internet company Maximum Holdings. Corporate partner Simon Walker (pictured) worked with Lindsey Scutt, an IT/e-commerce associate, on the deal. US firm Cooley Godward represented Eidos while Sullivan & Cromwell advised Maximum.

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